Holiday Festivities in Seattle This Weekend

Take a break from homework and studying this weekend and check out these great and FREE holiday events around downtown Seattle!

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Sheraton Gingerbread Village – Tuesday, November 21 through January 1
The Downtown Sheraton Hotel is celebrating their 25th year of exceptional gingerbread creations. This year the theme is honoring Seattle. They have viewing hours every day, so stop by when you have the chance.

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Macy’s Holiday Parade – Friday, November 24
If you’re an early riser, head downtown to see watch the Macy’s Holiday Parade! The parade route is along Fifth Avenue and University, ending at Macy’s. The parade starts at 9:00am and will last for around an hour.

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Magic in the Market – Saturday, November 25
If you don’t want to fight against Friday’s crowds, you can still kick off holiday celebrations in Pike Place Market on Saturday! Starting at 11:00am, there will be live music performances, photos with Santa, and a tree lighting at 5:00pm.

– Meg Humphrey

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival

The Short Run Comix & Arts Festival is taking place on Saturday, November 4 at Seattle Center, from 11:00am – 6:00pm. This free event is all about showcasing independent artists, writers, and creators.

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The Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center will be where the Book Expo is held, and the Vera Project will house all of the programming. There will be spotlights on featured creators, an Animation Tent, a bake sale, screen printing demonstrations, and a life size coloring book mural. There’s also an all-ages after party at the Vera Project from 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

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If you are interested in art or publishing, make sure you check out Short Run! There is a full list of exhibitors and programming on the Short Run website. For more information on events on campus and around Seattle, follow the International Education Facebook page.

– Meg Humphrey

Japanese Cultural Festival

It has become a tradition for the Japanese students in Shoreline’s TRAJAL Hospitality Program (TJHC) to host a Japanese Cultural Festival for the school. Cultural festivals (bunkasai) are very popular in Japan, in all levels of schools, from kindergartens to universities.

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At the Shoreline Japanese Cultural Festival, attendees got to play games with the students, try on kimono and yukata, and make origami. For a souvenir to take home, you could get your name written in Japanese calligraphy (shodo).

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This year, students performed Soran Bushi, a traditional dance about a prosperous fishing haul. They also had a wishing tree where you write your wish on a small piece of paper (tanzaku) and hang it from the tree. These are often see in Japan during festivals like Tanabata.

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If you see the TJHC students around campus, make sure to say hi! Keep up to date with more events around campus by following the SCC International Education Facebook.

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– Meg Humphrey

Free Concerts at Seattle Center

Come get a taste of Seattle’s independent music scene at Seattle Center! Every Friday during August, KEXP 90.3FM and Seattle Center sponsor free concerts.  They take place on the Mural Amphitheatre Lawn starting at 5:30 pm.

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These concerts are completely free and welcome all ages. Seating is limited, so you want to get there a little early. You can bring your own picnic food or head to the Armory and buy a delicious dinner to enjoy while you watch.

Below is the 2017 line up:

Friday, August 4
The Helio Sequence
Summer Cannibals
COSMOS

Friday, August 11
Telekinesis
SISTERS
Haley Heynderickx

Friday, August 18
Thunderpussy
Surprise Guest
The Courtneys

Friday, August 25
The Maldives
Industrial Revelation
Emma Lee Toyoda

Make sure you follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and announcements!

Seafair Seattle Pow-Wow

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation is hosing their 30th annual Seafair Pow Wow this weekend, July 14-16! A Pow Wow is a Native American gathering of singing, dancing, and celebration. It’s a must-see for anyone who wants to learn about the culture and history of Washington State.

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All people are welcome to the Pow Wow. Come take lots of pictures, learn about Native American and Indigenous traditions and cultures, eat delicious food, and even participate in their Intertribal dance! For more information, check out their website.

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When:

  • Friday, July 14: 4pm – 10pm
  • Saturday, July 15: 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday, July 16: 10am – 8pm

Where:

Admission

  • Friday, July 14: FREE!

Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16: $5 for people 12 and older

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– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Shakespeare in the Park 2017

GreenStage is Seattle’s longest-running Shakespeare Company. It’s their mission to have as many people as possible engage in live theater. This is their 20th season of free Shakespeare in the park and will be performing two full length plays.

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Richard II is the story of King Richard II’s last two years in power on the throne of England. This is the first of Shakespeare’s historical plays about King Richard II’s bloodline, and covers the last two years of his life. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

The Comedy of Errors is a story of two sets of twins separated at birth. The twins run into each other in one city and the trouble begins! Due to cases of mistaken identities, their lives become full of romantic, legal, and outrageous mishaps. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

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GreenStage also has their Backyard Bard program, where four actors put on two hour-long plays. This year, they will be doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. Click here for their performance schedule.

The Seattle Shakespeare Company also hosts free outdoor plays under the program Wooden O. They perform in nearby locations like Richmond Beach Park, Edmonds City Park, and Volunteer Park. They also have two plays for this summer.

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Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies. The main characters, Beatrice and Benedick, try to outwit each other as their friends set up a plan for them to fall in love. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

Pericles is a high seas adventure about Pericles, Prince of Tyre. He learns shocking information about King Antioch and he flees for his life. He travels from port to port to keep himself safe, finding love and making a family along the way. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

There are plenty of times and showings available for every play. Grab your friends, pack a picnic, and have fun!

– Meg Humphrey

Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park

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One of the best ways to enjoy a Seattle summer evening is a movie in a park! Magnuson Park, located near the University of Washington, hosts outdoor movies every summer. The park itself is spacious, with many sports fields, an off-leash dog park, and water access. There’s plenty of parking, and it is located on a couple different bus routes. Come early and explore the area!

The movie line-up this summer is filled with classics and recent blockbusters:

  • Thursday, July 6: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Thursday, July 13: Moana
  • Thursday, July 20: Hidden Figures
  • Thursday, July 27: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Thursday, August 3: La La Land
  • Thursday, August 10: The Lego Batman Movie
  • Thursday, August 17: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
  • Thursday, August 24: The Princess Bride

There will be food trucks, trivia games, and live entertainment. It’s also fun to pack your own picnic with your friends! The entry is only $5.00 per person, starting at 6:30 p.m. Movies start at dusk, which is around 8:30 p.m. For more information, you can go to their website.

– Meg Humphrey

Craft Weekend

Support local artists and small business at three different fun events this weekend!

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The Shoreline Arts Festival has something for everyone. Not only can you view and purchase art from members of the community, there are dance and music performances, food trucks, hands-on art projects, and cultural rooms.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25
Time: Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for food and souvenirs.

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Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest independent craft show. There is a winter and a summer show, and no two events are the same. The artists, designers, and crafters (including chefs and bakers!) are selected by a jury to get the best mix of everything Seattle has to offer.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for crafts and goodies.

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If you’re looking for something really unique, Oddmall – Emporium of the Weird, is taking place at Everett Community College. Oddmall prides itself in their eclectic and diverse lineup of crafters, artists, live performers, authors, and food stalls.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25
Time: Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Everett Community College – Walt Price Student Fitness Center
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for one of a kind treasures.

Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade

The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade marks the start of summer in Seattle. It showcases Seattle’s unique spirit, flavor, and creativity.

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This free event takes place in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The activities are mainly centered west of Fremont Ave N on N 35th Street and N 34th Street. The parade begins at the intersection of N 36th Street and Leary Way, and ends in Gasworks Park.

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There are food stalls, a craft market, art shows, and live music throughout the weekend. The Solstice parade itself is on Saturday, June 17 at 1:00pm. It will be busy, and it is recommended attendees bus, bike, or use a ride-sharing company to arrive. Parking is extremely limited.

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To learn more about the fair and see their schedule, visit their website. While you’re down there having fun, make sure you visit the famous Fremont Troll!

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Northwest Folklife Festival 2017

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May 26-29 is the 46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival! Folklife is a yearly celebration that promotes the arts and cultures that make Washington unique. Over the four day festival, there are over 800 scheduled performances, including music, dance, film, and visual art demonstrations.

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The Northwest Folklife Festival is completely free and takes place throughout Seattle Center. The programming begins at 11:00am every day and ends around 9:00pm. You can view the full schedule, see an area map, and find out what food and shopping vendors will be available on their website.

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Don’t miss out on this amazing event to learn more about the great communities and artists around Seattle!

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– Meg Humphrey